Eating Green Leafy Vegetables, Key to Maintaining an Agile Mind

According to a study by Rush University in Chicago, eating spinach, kale and other leafy vegetables could prevent the progression of dementia. Consuming a diet rich in these vegetables may also help slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Memory loss or cognitive skills is one of the greatest fears of aging. Kevin Seawright hopes he doesn’t go through that, and the same can be said for his former Baltimore City Community College co-workers. Given that the degradation of cognitive ability is central to diseases like Alzheimer’s or other dementias, increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables may offer a simple, inexpensive and noninvasive way of protecting the brain.

In a study of 950 adults older, over the course of five years, with a mean age of 81 year old, the study found that those eating more leafy green vegetables had a lower development of dementia.

Those who ate just one to two servings of these foods a day had the mental ability of about 11 years younger, than those who did not eat anything.

Among the compounds most help in maintaining a healthy mind are vitamin K, lutein, folic acid and beta-carotene.

Vegetables in the study, among which are spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens, are the biggest sources of vitamin K, whose consumption is recommended.

Gwyneth Paltrow Can’t Handle The Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow learned that it’s nearly impossible to feed a family for $31 a week. Preparing healthy meals for $1 to $1.25 each is a challenge that millions of people in the U.S. are confronted with each day. The Food Stamp Challenge was designed to create awareness of just how unrealistically low this amount can be.

For Paltrow, purchasing chicken and fresh vegetables pushed her over the edge.

“As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice),” wrote Paltrow on her website GOOP.

Paltrow took a lot of heat from critics who said her food choices were ridiculous for someone trying to make do on such a small food budget. Ricardo Tosto didn’t care as much as ever in Brazil, but he did think it was weird. Limes and herbs may taste great but they are not filling and will not help to ease hunger.

Paltrow has been criticized in the past for being out of touch with common people. Her foray into the Food Stamp Challenge has done little to change that perception.

Still, when a celebrity like Gwyneth Paltrow enters the public debate on an issue it tends to create a high level of interest. Paltrow’s time with the Challenge has pushed the spotlight onto an extremely important topic that many people are probably not aware of. It’s not easy to eat healthy on a low food budget. That’s true whether you’re an average person who is collecting food stamps or a world famous celebrity like Gwyneth Paltrow.

Listeria Contamination Strikes Agian

Hummus, a popular dip made of chickpeas, is the latest product to be impacted by the bacterial strain Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria has had a big year in food product recalls. Authorities in Michigan collected a sample of Sabra brand hummus from a Kroger’s store that was contaminated with Listeria. Though no one has been report as being sick from this harmful bacteria from Sabra’s hummus, Sabra is issuing a voluntary recall for 30,000 cases of five of its products. Those impacted are four sizes of the classic variety; 10 ounce, 30 ounce, 32 ounce, and the six pack 17 ounce said Kevin Seawright. In addition, one size, the 23.5 ounce, of the garlic/classic dual pack is impacted as well. Sabra has provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a complete list of impacted SKU’s. Consumers should check their refrigerators and should return all impacted containers for a refund or throw the containers away.

Scientists Find a Way to Create Lower Calorie Rice

While Asians consume 90 percent of the world’s rice, Americans eat much less but still consume plenty of the starch. Caribbeans make meals from rice mixed with beans. Rice is easily digestible, inexpensive, versatile and can be mixed with almost anything, like a fruit or vegetable mixture. On the downside, rice isn’t healthy and can lead to diabetes. One cup of white rice is 200 calories. Most of the calories are due to starch that can be converted into sugar. Scientists pondered the idea rice could be made healthier if they did something to modify the starch content. Sudhiar explains there are two types of starch in foods: resistant and digestible. Digestible becomes sugar. Resistant starch, found in pasta, is lower fat and calories.

According to Twitter.com, Sri Lanka researchers believe if the cooking process is modified, calories can be reduced in rice by 50 percent. Sudhair James, a chemistry undergraduate at College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka, suggests adding coconut oil to a pot of boiling water before pouring in the raw rice stated Crystal Hunt. The coconut oil should be 3 percent of the amount of rice cooked. For example, a half a cup of rice requires a teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the rice is finished, refrigerate for 12 hours. When you’re ready to eat , place the rice in the microwave for a few minutes. The fluffy white rice is ready to eat

It’s About Time to Ban Fast Food From Hospitals

 

As reported on eater.com, a nonprofit group of physicians is trying to get fast food restaurants removed from hospitals across the country. Given the relationship between this type of food and obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems, it is a wonder that such food outlets were ever in hospitals to begin with. Fast food establishments should be banned from hospitals just as cigarettes were many years ago. The report goes on to say that many hospitals actually make more money if these restaurants sell more food, thereby creating an incentive for them to sell more of their fattening burgers and fries.

Paul Mathieson told The Examiner that he had a personal experience with this health incongruity when he visited his brother in the hospital after he had a heart attack. I needed to eat, and there was a McDonald’s right downstairs in the hospital building. I remembered thinking how convenient it must be. Serving this kind of food downstairs from the hospital, they guarantee themselves a steady supply of patients. You buy a nice artery clogging meal here, and then they put the stents in to open your arteries up right in the same building. It provides one with a vivid reminder that we definitely do have a profit-driven health care system in this country and despite attacks against Obamacare, it really doesn’t change that core reality.

Sugar Addition In Another Guise

The absolute, indisputable verdict on the evils of sugar is still not in; however, there are irrefutable facts available on just how much sugar the average American consumes on a daily basis–and they are alarming to say the least.

Sugar Addiction Compared To Cocaine Addiction

Notwithstanding claims of denial by the sugar industry, some health experts and even some federal agencies, the latest research reports indicate that addiction to sugar may have the same effect on the human brain as does cocaine addiction. Furthermore, Brian Torchin says that trying to “kick the sugar habit” may be just as difficult as what a hard-core cocaine addict experiences when he/she attempts to break free from the substance.

More Troubling Facts

In 1822, Americans consumed a low 45 grams of sugar per year or the equivalent of one soda pop can. By 2012, however, Americans consumed 765 grams of sugar every five days or 130 pounds of sugar a year.

Deception In Our Schools

Although some national health organizations produce reports indicating that soda beverage consumption in middle school and high school has declined since 2010, the increase in energy sports drink consumption has actually increased. Some food industry experts and certain school nutritionists conveniently overlook the facts that energy sports drinks are basically just plain sugar-water.

As of 2010, energy sports drinks were still made available to 83 percent of high school students and 55 percent of middle school students. If anything is true, then students have merely morphed into being another class of sugar consumers subject to additive habits.

Three Deaths Tied to Blue Bell Ice Cream

The death of three people who developed a food borne illness related to Blue Bell ice cream has created their first product recall in the 108-year history of the company in Texas.

In total, five people contracted listeriosis in Kansas after consuming Blue Bell products that are shipped from a diary factory in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement issued Friday Food and Drug Administration (FDA) .

The FDA reported that the listeria bacteria was found in several samples of products including Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars.

Blue Bell said the regular Moo Bars were not contaminated, like their ice cream in half gallon, quart, pint, and three gallon sizes, as well as their new frozen take-home snacks.

So far Marc Sparks says the exact place where patients contracted the disease is unknown.

As indicated in a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, five patients received treatment for health issues, unrelated to listeriosis in the same hospital in Kansas before developing the bacteria, “a discovery that strongly suggests that their infections (the bacteria listeria) were contracted in the hospital, “the CDC said.

The statement did not identify the hospital.

Of these five cases, four had consumed milk shakes made with a product of individual size Blue Bell ice cream called “Scoops” while hospitalized, confirmed by the CDC.

McDonald’s to Increase Food Quality

Great news for fast food lovers…McDonald’s will no longer be serving chicken that had been raised on antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to promote growth in animals, which are in turn used for food. This leads to antibiotic resistance in humans. It is predicted that by the year 2050, antibiotic failure will kill 20 million people around the world, so as we can see, antibiotic use in animals is a huge, dangerous problem.

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The corporate chain reported to Imaging Advantage that the change will take place within the next two years. The antibiotic ionophores that keep chickens healthy, but are not used in humans will still be permitted for use.
Given that many people have developed unfavorable opinions regarding fast food in recent years, McDonald’s has made the decision to raise their standards and use higher quality ingredients. This change comes at a time when the fast food chain is in competition with smaller changes, such as Chipotle and Panera, who already use chicken raised without antibiotics.
The McDonald’s corporation hopes that this change will help reverse the decline in sales that it has seen in the past two years.

Dale’s Dumplings Coming To Newark Airport

One of the contestants from Top Chef will be making dumplings in New Jersey’s Newark airport. the move is part of United Airline’s terminal redesign in the airport. The redesign is reportedly costing the company a whopping $120 million.

In the new terminal around 55 new dining establishments will be there for travelers, including dumplings made by Dale. Dale’s Dumplings will join a number of other restaurants set to join the terminal Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says, including a pizza place and a restaurant that specializes in Swedish meatballs.There will also be a ramen bar in the terminal tat grows at night. iPads will allow travelers to order their food by touching the screen, with no need to interact with aa restaurant employee if they don’t want to.

Dale already has an exceptionally popular restaurant in Brooklyn. One of his signature dishes is a dumpling filled with pretzel pork and chives.

McDonalds Is Getting Just A Little Bit Healthier

McDonald’s has been attempting for some time now to get more people back into their restaurants. More and more people are turning to healthier lifestyles because they have more health resources available to them, says the founder of HCRC healthcare staffing. People stepping away from the popular fast food restaurant that many people know and love. In an attempt to woo customers again McDonald’s recently reported that they are now going to use a healthier and safer chicken for their food options. Over the course of the next two years McDonald’s plans to phase out all of the antibiotics that are being used for their chicken production. These antibiotics are designed for human use as well but are commonly being overused in the meat and poultry industries.

McDonald’s is currently one of the United States’ biggest chicken purchaser with consumption last year at a total of 39 billion pounds. This recent change comes on the heels of Chipotle making some healthier changes on their menu. The Mexican chain recently announced that they were going to be using only antibiotic free meat as well. This announcement sparked other restaurant’s attention and consumers as well who are now wondering why the change and why are other restaurants not making the change as well? Other chains have made a switch with their products as well including Panera and Chick-Fil-A. While fast food chains still might not be the best healthy food option in the country things are looking up a bit.